On a January evening in 1969, during a full moon, Dr White and his wife left home at St Helen's, to attend a dinner party with friends. But nothing could prepare him for the ghostly figure that would run right through the car later that night.
The weather was cold and visibility was good and as they neared the top of Ashey Down, Mrs White spotted lights which suddenly appeared in the middle of a lonely part of the Downs, realising that the nearest building, a farmhouse was some miles away her husband told her that it was probably a farmer looking for his sheep.
But all around them were the lights and halfway down a long hill they came upon more lights in the fields to their right. They were so intrigued that they stopped the car and sat looking at thousands of the lights. There was a lane they remembered that led off to the right and this now looked like a proper road that seemed to have street lights and seemed to lead to a built up area that was lit up with lights of every colour imaginable. The sky was darkening and clouds drifted across the sky covering the moon, the lights remained ruling out any kind of reflection.
Being somewhat puzzled the doctor decided to examine the phenomenon more closely and started the car and drove slowly down the hill into the "road" that he knew did not exist. As they stopped and climbed out the lights vanished almost as suddenly as they had appeared and they were once again standing on a dirt track. There was no sign in the surrounding fields of any of the lights.
They decided to return to the car and make there way on to the friends at the Hare and Hounds pub which was on the crossroads on the road to Newport. But no sooner had they started moving again then the lights reappeared, the doctor and his wife could see the pub in the distance, but they noticed that it did not look the same as when they last saw it, it seemed to be bathed in a strange light, and there were lots of people scurrying around with torches.
The doctor slowed down to enquire what was going on when a tall man wearing what looked like a long jerkin with a leather belt ran straight at him, and ran straight through the front of the car as if it did not exist! Driving slowly towards the pub he started to turn into the car park when suddenly it completely vanished.
By this time the doctor and his wife were really scared and shaking they got out of the car and made their way into the Hare and Hounds. Everything inside seemed normal and the only illuminations were what were normally there and from the window they could see that everything outside was normal as well. After pausing for a short time to recover from their fright they continued on their journey to Niton where they met their friends and related the story to them.
No satisfactory reason for the illuminations could be found, some said it could be the lights of Portsmouth reflecting on the water. But nothing could explain the ghostly figure that seemed to run right through the car. Whether they had witnessed something that had happened many years ago or whether they had imagined the whole thing has yet to be proved.